Residential Services and Support

Step one: Application, Deadlines and Housing Criteria for Students

New Undergraduate Applicants:

We make an accommodation guarantee offer to all our first-year undergraduate and foundation students. If you meet the following criteria, we guarantee to offer you a room in a Queen Mary hall of residence, or with one of our partner providers:

  • You must be a new, full-time registered student at Queen Mary, who has not lived in a Queen Mary residence before
  • You must firmly accept your offer to study at QMUL and apply for accommodation by 30 June
  • You should be prepared to sign an agreement for a full academic year, at least for the period of September to June

If you do not meet the published deadline, then applications will be considered on date of housing application submission basis (with priority given to those living outside of Greater London).

New Postgraduate Applicants:

All new postgraduate applicants are eligible for accommodation in QMUL halls, or with one of our partner providers, subject to meeting the following conditions.

If you meet the following criteria, we guarantee to offer you a room in a Queen Mary hall of residence, or with one of our partner providers:

  • You must be a new, full-time registered student at Queen Mary, who has not lived in a Queen Mary residence before
  • You must firmly accept your offer to study at QMUL on a postgraduate programme and apply for accommodation by the deadline 30 June of your year of entry
  • You have not lived in a Queen Mary residence before (i.e. on another course of study)
  • You are prepared to sign a residential licence agreement for a full academic year (this condition does not apply to mid-year starters)

If you do not meet the published deadline, then applications will be considered on date of housing application submission basis (with priority given to those living outside of Greater London).

New Science and Engineering Foundation (SEFP) Applicants:

We make an accommodation guarantee offer to all our first-year undergraduate and foundation students. If you meet the following criteria, we guarantee to offer you a room in a Queen Mary hall of residence, or with one of our partner providers:

  • You must be a new, full-time registered student at Queen Mary, who has not lived in a Queen Mary residence before
  • You must firmly accept your offer to study in London and apply for accommodation by 30 June
  • You should be prepared to sign an agreement for a full academic year, at least for the period of September to Jun

If you do not meet the published deadline, then applications will be considered on date of housing application submission basis (with priority given to those living outside of Greater London).

New International Programme in Social Sciences and Humanities, International SEFP and Pre-Masters Applicants:

All new International Foundation and Pre-Masters applicants are guaranteed accommodation in QMUL halls, or with one of our partner providers, subject to meeting the following conditions:

  • You have firmly accepted a place to study at Queen Mary University of London
  • You have applied for accommodation by the deadline of 30 June of your year of entry (or 31 October if you are a January starter)
  • You have not lived in a Queen Mary residence before (i.e. on another course of study)
  • You are prepared to sign a residential licence agreement for a full academic year (this condition does not apply to January starters)

If you do not meet the published deadline, then applications will be considered on date of housing application submission basis (with priority given to those living outside of Greater London).

New Study Abroad and Associate Applicants:

All new Study Abroad and Associate applicants can apply for accommodation in QMUL halls, or with one of our partner providers, subject to meeting the following conditions:

  • You have firmly accepted a place to study at Queen Mary University of London
  • You have not lived in a Queen Mary residence before (i.e. on another course of study) 
  • You are prepared to sign a residential licence agreement for a full academic year (this condition does not apply to single semester applicants) 

There are no guarantees you will be offered a place in accommodation, offers are made subject to availability. The earlier you apply the better your chances will be.

New Care Leaver and Estranged Applicants:

All new care experienced students and students without family contact are guaranteed accommodation in QMUL halls, or with one of our partner providers, subject to meeting the following conditions:

  • You have firmly accepted a place on an undergraduate programme
  • You have applied for accommodation by the deadline of 30 June of your year of entry
  • You have not lived in a Queen Mary residence before (i.e. on another course of study)
  • You are prepared to sign a residential licence agreement for a full academic year

If you do not meet the published deadline, then applications will be considered on date of housing application submission basis (with priority given to those living outside of Greater London).

Queen Mary University of London provides a range of services to support care leavers and estranged students. Please see the 'Accommodation' section on each page of the relevant website above for details of how to evidence your status.

Clearing Applicants:

All Clearing applicants are guaranteed a room in Queen Mary halls, or with one or our partner providers.

Applications should ideally be submitted online by Wednesday 19 August (midnight BST), because room allocations for Clearing applicants will begin on Thursday 20 August.

Room allocations are made in date order of application submission.

In order to submit your housing application you must be placed at Queen Mary, i.e. you must be holding an unconditional firm (UF) offer. 

The Admissions Office will send the login details for the housing application system to applicants, once their status is confirmed as UF on UCAS.

There may be a few hours delay in you being able to apply for housing after you receive your login details from Admissions. If you experience any significant delay, please email residences@qmul.ac.uk.

Direct Entry Applicants:

Direct applicants into the 2nd or subsequent year of study who have not lived in QMUL halls before, are eligible to apply by the deadline of 30 June of the year of entry.

A guarantee of housing will only extend if applicants are from institutions with formal partnership arrangements with QMUL, otherwise allocations are made subject to availability once all our other commitments have been met.

Late and Insurance Applicants:

Only applicants who have accepted a firm offer to study at Queen Mary University of London are sent login details to apply for housing, therefore you will be unable to meet the housing deadline of 30 June. Despite missing the deadline we strongly encourage you to apply for accommodation as soon as you receive your login details sent by email from the Admissions Office. Once you have applied you will automatically be placed onto the halls waiting list for any last minute cancellations, either before term starts or during the term. If it looks unlikely we will be able to make you an offer in halls, or if you feel it is untenable to remain on the waiting list beyond the start of term, we will provide you with lots of support and guidance on seeking alternative housing.

We will also be hosting a ‘Find a Flatmate’ event on Tuesday 01 September, where you can meet other late applicants to find a suitable rental property or speak to our team of housing advisors, who will be able to provide you with specific advice geared to your housing needs. Our website also provides information on short stay options, hotels, hostels, privately built halls and homestay opportunities. Please don’t be discouraged, we are here to help and ease your transition into university life.

Pre-Sessional Applicants:

The University has taken the difficult decision to deliver all of our Pre-Sessional English Programmes remotely online this summer. We are still continuing to prepare and are hopeful in looking forward to welcoming you to campus in September for the start of your degree programme with us, following the completion of your Pre-Sessional English programme. 

If you have also applied for a place to study on one of our Degree programmes for the 2020/21 year, and would like to stay in University accommodation during that programme, you will need to make a housing application using the application for the ‘2020/21 academic year’. Further details on how to apply for accommodation for your degree programme will be sent once you have accepted your offer for that programme. Applications for 2020-21 academic year open in March 2020. Full details on accommodation types and costs can be found here.

Please ensure you read all communication from Housing Services carefully, as we will be communicating with you by email.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact residences@qmul.ac.uk or globalengagement@amul.ac.uk

QMUL Summer School Applicants:

If you are interested in how to apply for the Queen Mary Summer School accommodation while you are studying in London, further information can be found at:

www.qmul.ac.uk/summer-school/

Erasmus Exchange Applicants:

Unfortunately, Erasmus exchange students are not eligible for Queen Mary University of London housing. It may be possible to offer halls from Term 2, subject to availability. Comprehensive advice can be given in finding alternative accommodation.

Returning Applicants:

Returning students no longer have any priority for accommodation, unless they have extenuating circumstances (supported by the Queen Mary University's Disability and Dyslexia Service or the Estates and Facilities Appeal Panel)

Any surplus of rooms or mid-term vacancies, once our commitment to all new students has been met, will be offered to the following groups who have completed their full degree at Queen Mary in the following order:

  • New applicants who have studied on a previous course that have had no previous halls at Queen Mary
  • Final year applicants on a 4 or 5 year degree that have had no previous halls at Queen Mary
  • Final year applicants on a 3 year degree that have had no previous halls at Queen Mary
  • Final year applicants on a 4 or 5 year degree that have had 1 previous year (or part year) in halls at Queen Mary
  • Final year applicants on a 3 year degree that have had 1 previous year (or part year) in halls at Queen Mary
  • Second year applicants

Submission date of application will be taken into consideration within each category, when waiting lists are compiled.

Students who have not fulfilled their financial obligations to the University or have not abided by the disciplinary rules and regulations of the University will not be offered accommodation.

Online Housing Application

Deadlines:

  • New Undergraduate and SEFP students: Return your application no later than 30 June of the year of entry. You may submit an application after this date, but it is highly unlikely you will be made an offer, due to the popularity of Queen Mary Halls.
  • New Postgraduate students: Return your application no later than 30 June of the year of entry. You may submit an application after this date, but it is highly unlikely you will be made an offer, due to the popularity of Queen Mary Halls.
  • Study Abroad/Pre-Masters/International Foundation Programme in Social Sciences and Humanities and the International SEFP: The accommodation application deadline is 30 June for first semester or full year students and 31 October for second semester applicants. You may submit an application after this date, but it is highly unlikely you will be made an offer, due to the popularity of Queen Mary Halls.
  • Erasmus exchange students: Unfortunately, Erasmus exchange students are not eligible for University housing. On request, help can be given in finding private sector accommodation on our Alternative Accommodation page.

The online housing application process opens in March each year. Due to the popularity of Queen Mary Halls we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as you receive the log in details sent from the Admissions Office, once you firmly accept your place of study here. Room allocations are made on a 'first come, first serve' basis, after all other eligibility criteria has been met.

Please note: if you are holding a conditional offer at Queen Mary University of London please do not wait until you receive your examination results before completing and submitting your housing application.

Extenuating Circumstances and Medical/Disability Circumstances:

If you have extenuating circumstances or a medical/disability that you wish to be considered when submitting your application please submit any supporting literature, which is relevant to your case within 14 days of making your application.

In the case of a medical condition you will need to provide medical evidence signed and dated within three months of the date of your application. This evidence has to be written in English and provided by a doctor or other medical professional, such as a specialist. The evidence must be submitted within 14 days of making your application. Unless you are a first year international student applying to study at Queen Mary this evidence must come from a medical practitioner based in the UK. All applications with the necessary supporting literature will then be passed to the Disability and Dyslexia Service (Student Services) for an assessment. For further information go to Disability and Dyslexia Service.

Any non-medical extenuating circumstances will be referred to the Estates and Facilities Review Panel for consideration. You will be required to send an email outlining your extenuating circumstances to residences@qmul.ac.uk and any supporting literature should be scanned and sent with this email. Your request will be acknowledged and you will be informed of the Panel outcome by email.

Please note: extenuating circumstances and medical/disability circumstances are not taken into consideration in the Clearing Housing Ballot.